2018 Good Sports Awards

The Winners

Nominations for the 2018 Good Sports Awards are now closed. 

The Good Sports Awards recognise the inspiring Good Sports clubs and passionate volunteers that are committed to making their communities the best they can be.

Good Sports clubs are community champions who are shaping bright futures for their club and members on and off the field, by creating a healthier, more family-friendly club environment where everyone feels welcome.

The Good Sports Awards give us the opportunity to give back to the clubs and people who give their all. Congratulations to this year’s winners.

2018 National Winners

National Good Sports Club of the Year – Bluff Point Strathalbyn Sharks Cricket Club in Western Australia

Since implementing the Good Sports program, Bluff Point Strathalbyn Sharks Cricket Club has become a more professional and appealing club in their local community, setting a benchmark for other clubs in their area to aspire to. Their unwavering dedication to continually improve their club for their community is what makes them such an outstanding Good Sports club and makes us proud to have them as part of the Good Sports team.

 

Good Sports Club Champion of the Year – Dawn Likouresis from Lakeyeres Sporting Group in South Australia

This award celebrates all club volunteers, and we are excited to celebrate Dawn as the beating heart of the Lakeyres Sporting Group. Dawn has her Certificate III and IV in Aboriginal Health and travels 5 ½ hours from Coober Pedy to Port Augusta to teach the younger members at Lakeyres Sporting Group club about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Runner up – Wayne Meredith from Barron Trinity Bulls Rugby Union Club from Queensland

 

Good Sports Healthy Eating Club of the Year – Leichhardt Football Club from Queensland

Established 43 years ago, the Leichhardt Football Club has worked tirelessly and made big changes to their club’s canteen menu. They are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle throughout their club and providing their members with healthy options that extend beyond the canteen basics.

Runner up – Wollondilly Junior AFL Club from New South Wales

 

Good Sports Healthy Minds Club of the Year – Kingston Blues Netball Club from Tasmania

Kingston Blues Netball Club has been working hard to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and has implemented a Mental Health Policy to ensure its members feel supported to seek help. The club’s passion for the wellbeing of its members and players is inspirational and sets a high standard for other clubs to aspire to.

 

nib foundation Good Sports Junior Club of the Year – All Saints Toongabbie Tigers JRLFC from New South Wales

Inclusivity shines brightly at the All Saints Toongabbie Tigers. The club has a strong focus on expanding female participation in the sport and in 2018 they have recruited 283 female players, 100 of those are juniors. The club is also leading the way in nutrition, education and spectator behaviour and is now stronger than ever!

Runner up – All Saints Basketball Club from Victoria

 

NEW Good Sports Tackling Illegal Drugs Club of the Year – University Azzurri Football Club from the Northern Territory

University Azzurri Football Club recognised that the second biggest issue facing people living in their community was illicit drugs and realised the important role they could play in actively addressing the issues around drug use. Through the implementation of a Tackling Illegal Drugs Policy the club is now able to help members who may be affected to seek appropriate help and support.

Runner up – Barron Trinity Bulls Rugby Union Club  in Queensland

 

NEW Good Sports Rookie Club of the Year – West Gambier Netball Club from South Australia 

West Gambier Netball Club joined the Good Sports program in 2018 because they wanted to make their club a healthy, safe and fun environment for all and felt that the Good Sports program could help them achieve that. They’re now more focused on the well-being of their members which is bringing more families back to the club.

Runner up – Grassy Football Club from Tasmania

State and Territory Winners

ACT Good Sports Club of the Year – Tuggeranong Netball Association

The Tuggeranong Netball Association have gone above and beyond to make sure anyone and everyone gets the opportunity to belong to their club and feel welcomed and included. That’s because they know that sports clubs operate at their best when people from all walks of life come together to form a team, bringing new ideas and understanding to each other’s lives.

Runner up  – Canberra BMX Club

 

NSW Good Sports Club of the Year – Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club

Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club sees itself as a community asset and has developed a range of initiatives to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, involving many people who could be considered as marginalised from the community. Their passion and commitment to this goal is what has earned them the title of the 2018 Good Sports New South Wales Club of the Year.

Runner up – Asquith Rugby League Football Club

 

NT Good Sports Club of the Year – Palmerston Rugby Union Club

It’s a sign of a truly great sports club when hordes of people are willing to stick their hands up to volunteer whenever a game or event takes place. This is not the result of luck and has more to do with the positive, dedicated and family-friendly culture Palmerston Rugby Union Club has cultivated over the years. It’s for this reason that they are the 2018 Good Sports Northern Territory Club of the Year.

Runner up – University Azzurri Football Club

 

QLD Good Sports Club of the Year – Bardon Latrobe Football Club

When a club is as beloved and entrenched in a community’s history as the Bardon Latrobe Football Club, it can be hard to make changes. But recognising that some aspects of the culture can be improved in order to make the club a more welcoming and healthier place to be is what has led this club to be the 2018 Good Sports Queensland Club of the Year.

Runner up – Carindale Cougars JAFC

 

SA Good Sports Club of the Year – Forestville Hockey Club

Forestville Hockey Club isn’t afraid of changing with the times. Their club ethos is about making people feel welcome and involved in a sporting community that offers fun physical activity along with a healthy and active social life — without a heavy drinking culture. That’s why they are the 2018 Good Sports South Australian Club of the Year.

Runner up – Powerblades Dragon Boat Racing Club of SA

 

TAS Good Sports Club of the Year – OHA Hockey Club

OHA Hockey Club tragically lost one of their young members to suicide in late 2016 and have since made it their mission to ensure everyone feels they have somewhere safe and supportive to turn when in need. That’s why they are the 2018 Good Sports Tasmania Club of the Year.

Runner up – South Launceston Cricket Club and the Weily Park Rockers Cricket Club

 

VIC Good Sports Club of the Year – Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club

Generations of loyal families play, volunteer, and help run the Mount Pleasant Football Netball Club. Despite their remote location and small population, the club is central to a hardworking and generous community. Their unwavering dedication to continually improve their club for their community is what makes them such an outstanding Good Sports club and makes us proud to have them as part of the Good Sports team.

Runner up – Eltham Lacrosse Club and the Melbourne University Soccer Club

 

WA Good Sports Club of the Year – Bluff Point Strathalbyn Sharks Cricket Club

Since implementing the Good Sports program, Bluff Point Strathalbyn Sharks Cricket Club has become a more professional and appealing club in their local community, setting a benchmark for other clubs in their area to aspire to. Their unwavering dedication to continually improve their club for their community is what makes them such an outstanding Good Sports club and makes us proud to have them as part of the Good Sports team.

Runner up – Rockingham Outrigger Canoe Club

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